It is not possible to travel to New York and not visit Central Park, nor to be a local and not have wandered in it. And if you have not been able to see it up close, you have definitely seen it on the internet or on TV at some point.
Central Park is the largest public park and landmark in Manhattan. With about 25 million visitors a year, it is the busiest park in the United States and its countless appearances in movies and TV series make it one of the most famous parks in the world.
But did you know that the design of Central Park was selected through a competition more than 150 years ago?
Among the 33 participants in the competition in 1858, the design of F.L Olmsted and C. Vaux was chosen, shaping the park as we know it today. But what would the iconic park be like if the now famous design had not been chosen? It is quite difficult to imagine that this urban jungle would have been shaped differently from what it looks like today if any of the other 32 alternatives designs had been chosen.
From these alternative park designs, we know the existence of the plans for a single lost design that still exists. The surviving design from the 1858 competition was created by park engineer John J Rink, inspired by symmetrical shapes and the famous Royal French Palace of Versailles in Paris.
Wondering what it could have been like today, if this participation won 160 years ago?
To give an indication as to how Rink’s plan would have aged in the Big Apple, NeoMam Studios and Budget Direct have published a set of visualizations derived from the design.
See below how it could have been one of the most famous sights in the world, if a different design of the park had been chosen about 150 years ago. Which version would you prefer to visit?
More info: budgetdirect.com.au